Phillip Levine, my father, is a respected Northwest figurative sculptor. As a result, my exposure to fine art started early in life. My father began to involve me in his art when I was very young. I built my first bronze foundry by age thirteen. I have assisted my father throughout his career. His space and his time were always available to me and this is where I learned to use tools and to conceive in three Dimensions. Our home was filled with art and with artists and I had the good fortune to grow up in a visually and intellectually rich environment. I attended the University of Washington with a split interest in Science and Art. I perceived a close relationship between the two areas and continue to explore this connection in my work to this day. I graduated with a degree in ceramics from Colorado State University. Later, I got a job teaching art and design at a local college. There I was introduced to fine furniture making and have pursued it since.
I live amidst nature on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Nature is what ultimately informs art. Whether hiking in the Olympics, examining sea life on the beaches or viewing photographs taken with a scanning electron microscope, I experience the wonder of what is. I believe craft can contain content and aspire to fine art. My goal as a studio furniture maker is simply to allow myself to create freely, exploring ideas and forms as a natural part of being human.
Read about Aaron Levine in the press
Studio furniture-makers transcend nature, one unique piece at a time
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